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Brooklands, Weybridge, celebrates 100 years of its planes in the skies
7:00am Saturday 21st September 2013 in News
A full-sized replica of one of the first aircraft made for the British armed forces will be among the displays at Brooklands Museum to mark its annual aviation day.
Home of motoring and aviation, Brooklands-built aircrafts have been serving the armed forces for 100 years.
A Sopwith three-seater tractor biplane was the first plane to be given to the Royal Naval Air Service in 1913 and later this month, the Royal Air Force will retire its last Vickers VC10 Tanker aircraft which was built at Brooklands.
In 100 years, more than 17,000 planes including the Hurricane were built at the Brooklands site and the aviation day will show the first and last planes together created on one site.
Youngsters can get into the pilots seat and pretend to fly their pedal-driven model aeroplanes while replica aircraft sit on the Tarmac behind them. Budding rocket builders can take part in a special workshop.
Shortly after the day starts, two Phoenix helicopters will fly in on the airstrip opposite the main museum entrance and visitors will be able to marvel at the aircrafts landing before getting a close look and speaking to the crews.
Alongside the aircraft, Nancy Wilson will sign copies of her book Queen of Speed, which documents the life of regular Brooklands driver and flyer Mary Peter Bruce, and Josie Payne will be giving a talk about her experience as an air stewardess involved in a terrorist attack.
As the celebrations come to a close, a vintage Tiger Moth and Gypsy Moth will take part in a flyover to signify which spectators can view from a number of points around the aircraft park or by the Concorde.
Aviation Day; Brooklands Museum, Weybridge; September 28, museum open from 10am; £10 adults, £9 seniors and students, £5.50 children aged five to 16; call 01932 857381 or visit brooklandsmuseum.com.
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